USC poised to nab Cougar verbal?

TREY HENDERSON, the 6-3 1/2, 265-pound defensive line prospect out of British Columbia who verballed to Washington State in December, is getting late love from USC. Taking a page out their playbook from a year ago when the Trojans nabbed a WSU verbal commit late in the recruiting season, they just offered Henderson a scholarship. But will he take it?

"USC offered me. I'm scheduled to take a visit with them this weekend but I'm still committed to Washington State," Henderson said. "But I'm still going to take the visit and check out USC and see what they have to offer. It's not set in stone yet and we're still waiting for them to set (the travel arrangements) up."

If he bolts to the Trojans, he'll be the second verbal in two years that WSU lost to a last minute offer from USC. A year ago, defensive back Vincent Joseph switched after getting a USC offer four days before letter of intent signing day.

Southern Cal assistant coach Pat Ruel, a WSU assistant under Jim Walden from 1978-1981, was in Canada last week to meet with Henderson.

"They said they've always liked me and they need d-linemen. The whole staff got a chance to watch my film so they came up and made the offer. It was pretty quick the way it happened," said Henderson.

A Scout.com article from May shows the first coach to call after Henderson's tape went out was Ruel, and soon after came an invitation to USC's "rising seniors camp" at the end of June, which Henderson attended. But it wasn't until last week that the Trojans offered a scholarship.

Henderson said he's talked to the Washington State staff and informed them of the new interest in USC.

"They know about the visit, they obviously still want me and all that and I don't think they want me to go to USC but they're cool with it and they understand that I'll have a decision when I'm done with the visit. I just want to check it out, see what it's about."

Henderson has been spending his off season getting ready for track and field season. He is a nationally recognized hammer thrower, setting the Canadian youth record twice last year.

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